[Op. 43]. Gli Uomini di Prometeo Ballo per il Clavicembalo o Piano-Forte Composto, e dedicato á Sua Altezza la Signora Principessa Lichnowsky nata Contessa Thunn... Opera 24 [!43]. Ludwig van BEETHOVEN.

[Op. 43]. Gli Uomini di Prometeo Ballo per il Clavicembalo o Piano-Forte Composto, e dedicato á Sua Altezza la Signora Principessa Lichnowsky nata Contessa Thunn... Opera 24 [!43].

Vienna: Artaria e Comp. [PN] 872, [1801].

Oblong folio. Contemporary blue stiff wrappers. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), [1] (blank), 2-56 pp. Engraved. Printed price: "3 fr. 30," corrected in ink in "4 fr 20." Early owner's signature to upper wrapper in ink: "Wilhelmine Maurer."

Two leaves trimmed at lower margin with no loss to music.

A very good copy with a strong impression on quality paper.

First Edition, first issue. The full score was not published until 1864. LvBWV v. 1, p. 235. Hoboken 2, 215 and plate 8.

First performed in Vienna at the Burgtheater on March 28, 1801 to a libretto by the noted Italian choreographer and dancer Salvatore Viganò (1769-1821).

“Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus (The Creatures of Prometheus) was an important work for Beethoven in two respects. It was the first major stage work by a composer hitherto known for his chamber music, a symphony and two piano concertos; and with ballet highly regarded in Vienna at that time, it was a considerable honour for Beethoven to receive this commission. Secondly, the subject matter, concerned with heroic action, was close to Beethoven’s heart. It is an allegorical story enacted by gods and a hero, the legendary Prometheus, demonstrating the goodness of Nature, the potential of man and the loftiness of his destiny … The ballet, containing an Overture, Introduction and sixteen numbers, was favourably received with sixteen performances in 1801 and nine in 1802.” Cooper: The Beethoven Compendium, p. 249.

"In the finale Beethoven used a melody that evidently came to assume a certain emotional importance for him, perhaps even embodying something of his spirit of determination and heroism in battling against difficulties, for he used it again as the theme for two important and challenging sets of variations completed in 1802 and 1803: the op. 35 piano variations and the variation-finale of the ‘Eroica’ Symphony." Douglas Johnson, Scott G. Burnham, William Drabkin, Joseph Kerman and Alan Tyson in Grove Music Online.

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